I have had a few emails asking about cooking with quinoa. There are so many uses, and I’m going to start with a dessert recipe.
Quinoa is a wholesome grain that has high nutritional value and has been given the prestigious “superfood” title. It is often used in savoury foods (like soups or stews) to thicken them or as a rice replacement. However this little oat-like grain is versatile in flavour and texture and can be added to almost anything!
To change things up a little, from the savoury dishes, I wanted try out a sweet recipe.
I have this huge jar of quinoa in my pantry and several pink lady apples to use, so I decided to try an apple crumble.
To my surprise the apple crumble turned out perfectly! The apples were soft (but not mushy) the honey added amazing flavour and the quinoa and butter had become crispy!
Step 1. Grease slow cooker insert with butter
Step 2. Peel and core apples. Slice apples into 1/8ths
Step 3. Spread apple slices out across the bottom of the slow cooker
Step 4. Pour honey over apple slices and add spices on top of the honey
Step 5. Evenly spread quinoa over the mix and put little dollops of butter on top
Step 6. Put a tea towel under the lid (this absorbs moisture so that it doesn’t make the crumble soggy)
Step 7. Cook for 3-4 hours on high setting.
Regan’s Thoughts: “It’s surprisingly good! It’s still crunchy and the apples taste really good. This is a winner.”